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Historisch-Vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft / Indo-European Linguistics (Master of Arts)

Program: Historisch-Vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft / Indo-European Linguistics
Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Program length: 2 years / 4 semesters (120 ECTS points)
Start: winter and summer semester

The “Historisch-Vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft / Indo-European Linguistics” program focuses on the Indo-European linguistic family. The objective of this discipline is to define the familial relationships that exist between the languages in this language family and to gain insights into the processes of differentiation which have led to the languages spoken today. Historical-comparative linguistics focuses preferably on the earliest accessible stages of the individual languages and attempts to gather their linguistic evidence as precisely as possible, to describe their phonology and grammatical structures in detail, to collect vocabulary and to define the meanings of words. Words and grammatical forms are also examined with respect to their etymology.

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In addition to comprehensive training in historical-comparative (Indo-European) linguistic studies, a specialization in anatolistics (Hittitology) and in typological-comparative linguistic studies is also offered in Marburg.


There are professional opportunities for successful graduates of the "Historisch-Vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft/ Indo-European Linguistics" master's program particularly in the field of adult education, libraries and publishing (print and audio-visual media), cultural mediation and cultural management, language instruction and public service.

Further key components on organizational and communicative and intellectual levels (competence for independently developing new fields of knowledge; independent organization of projects; competent scholarly argumentation; analytical and cognitive competence) and foreign language skills expand the professional field in specific divisions of commercial enterprises.